Last week, I went to the cookbook release party for the community cookbook for the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance. Over the course of more than a year, the team headed up by Statesman food writer Addie Broyles, has been working collaboratively on this gorgeous cookbook, completely made by its own members. I am proud to say that two of my recipes along with my photographs are published in the book, as well as a short essay on supper clubs that I co-authored with Addie Broyles.
I was also a part of the editing team and we worked together to make a fine cookbook with truly tested recipes that work. Indeed we followed a particular style guide and recipe-writing “rules” that are widely used so that users can find the recipes well in fact, user-friendly! In fact, towards the end of the process, a tasting event was set up to taste-test all final recipes before the book went to production.
This book is an emblem of the food community now in Austin. What are people cooking and who are we? In decades down the road in Austin, will people wonder what we were cooking up in this decade? That we were still making Czech pastries, that we incessantly pursued Tex-Mex and our Southern roots , that we concocted cooling fruit potions, that we were beginning to have more multiethnic foods represented here, such as Persian and Indian cuisines. Our varied diets at the time are represented as well with features from gluten-free bloggers and paleo bloggers. We even have bloggers even who strictly cook farm-to-table!
Here are some upcoming events promoting the release of the book. It’s a softcover book with a nice font, beautiful pictures, short bios on each member who contributed, and mostly, delectable varied dishes for you to cook! If you really want to pique your palate, check out the list of recipes right here.
The first upcoming event is April 24th and it will be a cooking demo by one of the authors at the Triangle Farmers Market during market hours. The next one will be on May 11 at Bookpeople for a speaking and signing event. More cooking demonstrations and other events will be planned for the summer as well.